I have officially signed up for a ‘cancer wellness class’ because I NEED skin care tips and desperately need a professional ‘HOW TO’ painting my eyebrows. Is that how you say it? Paint on? Anyway, since I began taking Letrozole (aromatase inhibitor) my eyebrows have thinned significantly. Lack of estrogen can sure make daily maintenance more frustrating and time consuming. My eyebrows have always been thick, the only dilemma being the need for constant plucking. It has come to the point where I considered just shaving them off all together because it’s seriously hard to shape them due to the haphazard way they grow. Then I thought about it a little harder. Would people be looking at me thinking ‘something is missing but I just can’t put my finger on it – HA, I got it, she’s missing eyebrows’. Or, a little kid might just come straight out and ask, Where are your eyebrows?’. Truthfully, it’s not that big of a deal, it is just going to take some getting used to, and some training of course.
One program I found is called Look Good Feel Better and focuses on teaching people with cancer how to manage appearance-related side effects while undergoing treatment. This includes hair, skin, nail care and cosmetics. The program is free and cosmetics for the patient’s specific skin tone are included. I have been extremely fortunate that my only issues are superficial – slight hair thinning, dry skin and brittle nails.
The second program I found is called ‘Beauty and You’ at Hendricks Cancer Center in Abilene, Texas. This particular program is more in-depth and covers nutrition, lifestyle, spirituality, as well as a cosmetic/appearance segment.
I cant wait to meet great people. 🙂
Just in case I am bringing my own depressing ‘hodgepodge’ bag of cosmetics. It’s a little messy but after wiping off the fingerprints it won’t look so tragic. Shopping for make-up does not rank among my favorite things to do so it is usually done quickly without too much thought.
A little more thought is put into selecting appropriate moisturizers and ‘skin-preserving’ products.
Here are some of what I am using now:
Where moisturizer, toner and masks are concerned, LoReal is my favorite. In the evening before I take off my make-up I apply jojoba oil to my face, leave it for about 30 minutes and wash it off in the shower. It makes my skin feel very soft. The Vitamin C is something I apply before moisturizer, maybe two times per week. It’s supposed to help build collagen but who knows if that’s true. One other thing that is fairly new for me is a collagen supplement which I’m hoping to get results from.
Have a fantastic day!! 🙂